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How China Steals Our Secrets
NY Times ^ | 3/2/2012 | Richard Clarke

Posted on 04/03/2012 3:34:26 PM PDT by U-238

FOR the last two months, senior government officials and private-sector experts have paraded before Congress and described in alarming terms a silent threat: cyberattacks carried out by foreign governments. Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the F.B.I., said cyberattacks would soon replace terrorism as the agency’s No. 1 concern as foreign hackers, particularly from China, penetrate American firms’ computers and steal huge amounts of valuable data and intellectual property.

It’s not hard to imagine what happens when an American company pays for research and a Chinese firm gets the results free; it destroys our competitive edge. Shawn Henry, who retired last Friday as the executive assistant director of the F.B.I. (and its lead agent on cybercrime), told Congress last week of an American company that had all of its data from a 10-year, $1 billion research program copied by hackers in one night. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, head of the military’s Cyber Command, called the continuing, rampant cybertheft “the greatest transfer of wealth in history.”

Yet the same Congress that has heard all of this disturbing testimony is mired in disagreements about a proposed cybersecurity bill that does little to address the problem of Chinese cyberespionage. The bill, which would establish noncompulsory industry cybersecurity standards, is bogged down in ideological disputes. Senator John McCain, who dismissed it as a form of unnecessary regulation, has proposed an alternative bill that fails to address the inadequate cyberdefenses of companies running the nation’s critical infrastructure. Since Congress appears unable and unwilling to address the threat, the executive branch must do something to stop it.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: china; espionage; fbi; prc

1 posted on 04/03/2012 3:34:41 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238

yeah, that Richard Clarke


2 posted on 04/03/2012 3:37:49 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: U-238
How China Steals Our Secrets

Simple, they just ask a DemoRat to hand 'em over.

3 posted on 04/03/2012 3:39:05 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: Navy Patriot

That is what Bill Clinton did.


4 posted on 04/03/2012 3:44:46 PM PDT by U-238
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To: U-238
That is what Bill Clinton did.

After the two million dollar campaign contribution to the DNC by the Chinese Communist Army.

But Clinton was not ungrateful, he arraigned an all expense paid trip to China for the Chinese bag man. The fact that China would not extradite him back to testify against the Rats was coincidental.

5 posted on 04/03/2012 3:54:10 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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To: U-238
steal??? a couple bucks to the RATS and they are theirs for the taking...
6 posted on 04/03/2012 3:57:18 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: U-238

Given the number of closed factories in my region of the country, I’m surprised there is anything left to steal.


7 posted on 04/03/2012 3:58:31 PM PDT by Soul of the South (When times are tough the tough get going.)
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To: U-238

They send a nice letter to -0- requesting state secrets and he sends the secrets back to the Chi-coms via Fed-Ex.


8 posted on 04/03/2012 4:19:13 PM PDT by madison10
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“Under Customs authority, the Department of Homeland Security could inspect what enters and exits the United States in cyberspace. Customs already looks online for child pornography crossing our virtual borders. And under the Intelligence Act, the president could issue a finding that would authorize agencies to scan Internet traffic outside the United States and seize sensitive files stolen from within our borders”

How naive. Once they get the data, the deed is done. No amount of “inspection” will keep it from exiting the US. Just another wolf in sheeps clothing piece of beaurocrap.


9 posted on 04/03/2012 4:48:21 PM PDT by jack_napier (Bob? Gun.)
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To: madison10

What about burned CD’s that contained information through FedEx? Shades of Private Manning.


10 posted on 04/03/2012 6:29:52 PM PDT by U-238
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